MANIPAL: Personal music systems should not be used louder than 60 per cent of its volume and one should refrain from its constant use to prevent damage to the ear, said experts at the three-day 47th Indian Speech and Hearing Association Conference (ISHACON), which concluded here recently.
The conference began with dean of School of Allied Health Sciences, B Rajashekhar accentuating the theme of the annual convention, TEAM -Team Efforts Achieve Miracles and on building a team.
Dr Prathibba Karanth took over as the president of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association. One of the sessions included hearing loss in traffic police and bus drivers due to high levels of noise.
Prof William Hall Martin of National University of Singapore spoke about tinnitus, the ringing sensation in the ear without any external sound which is experienced by 47 million Indians of which 94 per cent have normal hearing.
He suggested cost effective options to manage tinnitus such as use of mp3 players and apps on phones.
K S Prema Rao introduced perspectives in telehealth service delivery for persons with communication problems such as easy video calling apps on mobile phones without the use of 2G or 3G networks.